Claire grew up on the flat plains of Kansas in the metropolis of Wichita (population 300,000). She spent college years at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. During those years, she pursued some academic things and learned lots about how to have a relationship with God and understand the Bible. Upon graduating, she balanced work as a barista and delicatessen artisan at two Manhattan, Kansas establishments, before a year long jaunt to India. Currently, she works as a retail professional by day and adventurer by night.